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With & Without Kids

For a week-and-a-half I’ve been kid-free! The wife took them to North Carolina a week ago. After seven days she left them with family and came back to spend a week with just the two of us.

Yeah, it’s been a bit weird. Not in a bad way…just in a, it’s been kind of weird way.

I’m expecting screaming at any second from one of the little bastards. Maybe a machine gun of requests for food, toys, bike ride, or to play a game. But it doesn’t come…just blissful silence.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

Life With Kids

The Boy: “Daaaaddddyyy!!! Macy just kicked me in my shin and told me I was stupid!!”

Life Without Kids

Me: “Hey honey!? Come quick and watch this!! I can rock my thingy back in forth in perfect time with the metronome!!”

Life With Kids

Me: “Yeah, so today Bob came up to me and….. hold on Grayson I’m talking to your mother. And so Bob came up to me and….Macy, I just told your brother I was talking to mommy – please hold on. So Bob said to me….Grayson!!! Listen to me son. I’m trying to talk to mommy. Now please…WAIT!! So Bob says….Oh my lord, seriously Macy? I’m trying to talk!!!!!”

Life Without Kids

Wifey: “Honey, please…I just want to do yoga in peace. Do you really have to sit on the couch drinking a beer and eating popcorn? I’m not a movie!”

Life With Kids

Wifey: “OK…it’s been an hour. I’m pretty sure they’re asleep, but let’s try and be quiet just in case. Damn we really need to get a lock on this door. We would seriously traumatize the hell out of the kids if they walked in right now.”

Life Without Kids

Driving home from work and only ten minutes away from the house I get a text message: “Meet me in the basement, and hurry.”

I do miss the little rug-rats. I miss them more than ever. But damn I’m enjoying this time with just the wifey. It’s weeks like this that make me appreciate the time I have with my kids now…and makes me smile at the impending time I’ll have with the wife when they’re all grows up.


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Reader Comments (17)

ROFLMAO! That bit where you are trying to talk to Wifey and Grayson keeps interupting...that is so my life! My 4yo doesn't know the meaning of the word quiet.

Enjoy the freedom!

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

What is this kid time away from home of which you speak. It

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeattleDad

Oh, a child-free discussion? Amazing! I'm way jealous.

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

I'm so jealous. My wife and I will be kid-free when we go to BlogHer. (My in-laws will be watching our kids.) Unfortunately, I think that the conference will probably be too hectic to allow for any real Parents-Alone-Fun-Time.

If the Inlaws-Watching-The-Kids experiment succeeds, however, perhaps we could make it into a monthly thing. Every month, for one weekend, my in-laws get the kids while we get to go do something fun that doesn't involve playgrounds or kiddie rides. Heck, even staying in a local hotel for a couple of nights and relaxing would be nice. (Not staying at home because then we'd see the clutter and want to do something about it and that's not relaxing!!!)

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechyDad

I am so jealous. Very jealous. Not the part about your wife trying to do Yoga and you staring at her. HAHAHAHAAA!!!!

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Whenever we get alone time, my husband and I always end up talking about our kids. There's NO ESCAPE.

Wait....did you say "basement" ?? I think I'm having a morbid intrusion LOL!

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLittleAnimation

Oh how I envy you! Enjoy it while it lasts man.

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaddysFishBowl

Clearly the person who invented vacation was a genius.

If I can just make it to March, I'll get some of this thing you call "Alone Time."

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Jealous. That is all. Okay, enjoy, you deserve it!!!

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDopeysmom

Enjoy, enjoy. Mine are going to Gramma's for a week at the end of the month, and yes, I can't imagine it being anything but strange.

July 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkarengreeners

We just had this happen a few weeks ago. My kids went to stay with my in-laws for 5 days. They are going again in a few weeks, but this time it is only for 3 days. But 3 days of no kids is better than none! Enjoy the time.


Well my two year old just told her sister that she was a big girl now, and my 5 year old says, "Lucy you're still a baby." the two year old says...

"MeMe, do you want me to beat your ass?"

Yeah, I know.

July 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCB

A week! I cannot imagine! We have planned incessantly for the past four weeks to get out tonight for dinner and a movie kid free!

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Maybe I'm not in such a hurry to have kids after all . . .

My husband tries to watch me do yoga too. I don't understand. The crazy poses can't look good.

July 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

your babysitter available got any free weekends? so long overdue for just us time!

July 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstefan

"I'm not a movie." LMAO

Soooo...did you have to fix something in the basement or was that a dirty reference? ;)

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPrincess of Sarcasm

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